* Posts by Shades

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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(who came up with that one BTW?)

Cortana is a character from the Halo series of XBox games (which Microsoft still own the rights to after buying and then selling the games developers). More specifically she (yes, she) is a computer AI that is visually represented by a human-like 3D hologram and can also transfer between devices (her own portable chip and other computers). If I had to hazard a guess I'd say the ability for Cortana to transfer between devices was the main impetus for "her" inclusion on the desktop as well as mobile phones... What is the betting that Microsoft will eventually, if they havent already, link Cortana on mobile phones and desktops so that you can ask her, via a Windows phone, to remind you of something when you're next using your desktop and vice-versa?

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: Giffgaff?

Thats exactly what I was wondering.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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I have a feeling this means devices sanctioned by Microsoft either manufactured itself or in partnership with device manufacturers (think phones and tablets). I suppose it could also mean the supported lifetime of the device by ANY manufacturer... How many of those 10 year old devices are still supported by the manufacturer?

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Sorry...

...I'm calling bullshit:

"New versions of Windows and sales of new PCs go hand in hand"

Anecdotally I know of no-one that rushes out to buy a new PC because there is a new version of Windows. Furthermore, nobody I know upgrades Windows purely because there is a new version of Windows. Granted there are some people out there that do - hardcore nerds - but certainly not enough to cause a spike of PC sales in any global significance. Businesses don't follow MS release cycles, so they won't cause a significant increase in new PC purchases upon a new release of Windows, and (most) consumers just by a new PC when theirs dies (or is so laden with crap that it becomes, to them, unusable). I dare say that most consumers couldn't give a monkeys about what version of Windows a new PC has unless they hear that its a lame duck (Vista or 8 for instance) and are savvy enough to downgrade.

What dataset are you using to pronounce that "New versions of Windows and sales of new PCs go hand in hand" and how does that breakdown? Basically, how many people buy a new PC because of a new version of Windows? Where is the proof of EXACTLY that?

If I'm wrong, and you can prove it, I'll gladly put my hands up and say I'm wrong... but until then I am, as I said, calling bullshit.

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Cheer up UK mobile grumblers. It's about to get even pricier

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Seriously?

"And voters thanked her by embracing UKIP and far right fringe groups"

Is it seriously being suggested that people have embraced these groups because Steelie Neelie fiddled with roaming charges? I bet I could go out in my local town centre right now ask 100 random people if they know who Neelie Kroes is and not one of them would respond with a yes.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Re: Why land on a barge?

What is with all the apostrophes used as unnecessary quotation marks?

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: Weasle Wording?

Glad I'm not the only one to have noticed that.

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Weasle Wording?

"an individual licence is required each time a new employee expense claim is processed"

This, at first glance, seems to suggest a new licence is required each time an expense claim, by a new employee, is processed - so only one is required per new employee. If, as I suspect, its the other way round - a new licence is required for every time an employee submits a new expense claim - then I'm lost for words!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: And here's what it does!

Shame that it's down to us to have to "fix" El Reg. At least others are finding my tweaks useful.

I'll post the code to remove the spotlight images in a bit.... Once I'm feeling a little less stuffed (and I've played a bit of CoD:AW)

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Re: And it looks like...

Glad I could help. I'm surprised El Reg have left the CSS up to be honest! Lol

I've got a couple of additional tweaks that need adding, or not depending upon your preference, which Ill post below, as a reply to this post, later.

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Re: And it looks like...

I wonder if copying and pasting the CSS from above has introduced something to stop it from working? By the looks of it, for me at least, attempting to copy from this site is hampered by the sticky Navigation bar and it pulls in lots of extra stuff, without making it immediately obvious. Can you confirm that your userContent.css file has ONLY the CSS code in it?

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And it looks like...

Screenshots

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And here's what it does!

1) Changed body colour to be slightly darker to create slight contrast with footer

2) Removed Social Buttons from Masthead

3) Removed Top Banner and side pane adverts

4) Removed HUGE lead image/story and "top" stories section. (All stories still available in main links section)

5) Restored links to old El Reg colours

6) Fixed Navigation link colours to new colours after restoring original El Reg main link colours

7) Removed stories/images from Nav popup

8) Removed redundant navigation popup sub navigation boxes for sections WITHOUT sub navigation links!

9) Changed sizes of headline divs to introduce a bit more seperation between main content area and side pane.

10) Fixed headline link bylines to remain black after restoring original El Reg Link colours (El Reg changed the entire div to a link so whole text changed to match default link colours)

11) Added a (very) slight hover colour change to headlines to indicate whole div is now treated as a link too

12) Removed thumbnail images from main page and sub-section headlines

13) Removed timestamp and comment count link (which doesn't actually go direct to comments!) from below headline links on main page.

14) Changed "spotlight" over-image text box background to black to help reduce the amount of white.

15) Removed article "Hero" images, rest of images in article unaffected.

16) Removed article author popup box.

17) Re-aligned article byline and social media buttons

18) Reduced verticle size of article "More from The Register" divs.

19) Removed LARGE Whitepapers links from certain articles

20) Removed "Sponsored Links"

21) Removed Right Pane "Related Topics" on article pages.

22) Removed ALL comment count overlays (until they actually start pointing to comments!).

23) Fixed various button text (back to white) which had inherited their colour from the standard El Reg link colours

24) Rejigged padding and margins of footer to enable colour change to add seperation (and reduce a little of the whiteness)

25) Hidden "scripting" div below of footer which caused uneccessary white box

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My solution...

@-moz-document domain(theregister.co.uk) {

html {background:none repeat scroll 0% 0% #ddd!important}

#topbar {margin:0px 0px 0px 0px!important;margin-bottom:0px!important;}

#top_tease {display:none;}

#ad-ldr-spot {display:none;}

#follow_btns_top {display:none;}

#right-col {padding:0px 0px 0px 0px;}

a {color:#00d!important;}

a:hover {color:#f00!important;}

a:visited {color:#a00!important;}

a:visited:hover {color:#f00!important;}

#top_nav li a {color:#00f!important}

#top_nav li.on a, #top_nav li:hover {color:#fff!important}

div.bootnotes_nav {display:none!important}

div.sec_nav {display:none!important}

.glue #nav_pop > div {height:30px!important}

#nav_pop > div {height:30px!important}

.static #nav_pop > div {bottom:-31px!important}

#nav_pop .story_row {display:none!important}

a .standfirst, a:hover .standfirst, a:visited .standfirst, a:visited:hover .standfirst {color:#000!important;}

a.story_link:hover {background-color:#fafafa}

.headlines {padding:0px 0px 0px 0px!important;border-right:2px dotted #ddd}

.headline {width:190px!important}

.standfirst .trailer {color:#000!important; font-weight:bold}

.story_grid_img {display:none}

.toprot.large, .full_width_headline.block {width:633px!important}

.full_width_headline.block {height:265px!important}

.toprot.large #toprot_image, .toprot.large #top_story_image, .full_width_headline.block img {width:404px!important}

.image_above img {display:none!important}

.headlines .author_time_stamp, .headlines .comments .count{display:none!important}

.full_width_headline.block .comments {display:none!important}

.time_comments {display:none;}

.dont_miss {width:415px!important;}

.dont_miss.dcl .story_link .trailer {color:#000!important}

.more_content {padding:0px 15px 15px!important}

#nearby-index {padding: 10px 15px 10px!important}

#ad-mu1-spot, #ad-mu2-spot {display:none}

a.story {color:#fff!important}

#rh_reviews h5, #spotlight h5 {background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5)!important}

.headline.with_image .comments .count, .first_headline.with_image .comments .count, .full_width_headline.left .comments .count, .full_width_headline.right .comments .count, .promo_story .comments .count {display:none!important}

.article_img {display:none}

#social_btns {top:15px!important}

#article .byline {margin:28px 0px 0px!important}

#author_box {display:none!important}

#article_body_btm .comments a {color:#fff!important}

.wptl.btm {display:none}

#story_rhs_more {display:none}

#whitepapers {display:none}

#read_more_on .story {min-height: 150px!important}

#sponlinks {display:none}

#forums_page .heading .post a, #in_article_forums .heading .post a, #forums-nav .reg_btn.logout, #forums-nav .your_topics .more a, #forums-starred .your_topics .more a {color:#fff!important}

#footer {background-color:#eee;margin:0px!important;padding:15px!important}

#end_scripts {display:none!important}

}

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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User CSS

I've created a user CSS which restores some sanity to El Reg, there's well over 25 tweaks! Its currently aimed at FireFox but should be easily adaptable to other browsers that support user CSS overrides. You can find the code, a list of the main 25 changes and some screenshots over on the Reg Redesign forum thread (its currently on page 21(!)... For the moment!)

You can thank me later... Although I'm Almost certain the folks at El Reg won't! Lol

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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Ignoring the obvious...

The initiators of this class action seem to be ignoring the fact that most people probably just do not give a shit who the search provider is!

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: El Reg Tombstone icon when?

The "hacking" bit raised my eyebrow too. And El Reg makes out that it took out the whole NETWORK, when in reality they just stood in front of the shop DOOR like a bunch of chavs in trackies, baseball caps, spitting all over the place and swearing unnecessarily.

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Re: Cable Cowboy?

I may be wrong but I seem to recall something about him hailing from Texas. I've heard they're fond of a Stetson there for some reason.

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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

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"half billion people relying on Messenger"

I doubt anybody relies on Messenger? What planet do these spokeswonks live on?

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Blocking the Pirate Bay Worked So Well...

Its still only 1 click, or 2 at most, away. Who advises the idiots in charge, more idiots?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Advanced Motoring

"If you're not careful you'll have someone to close behind you running into you!"

Then the inconsiderate arseholes better have insurance or I'll hunt them down and they'll end up paying for it in other ways!

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

If only the article was accompanied by photos where you could see for yourself. One with the device in someones hand at a slight angle would have been especially useful. Sadly I guess we'll never know.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Excellent

Its gems like this that make the slog trawling through the El Reg comments totally worth it! Bravo Firu Toddo.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: The HTC One Android

Are you on about BlinkFeed, which is nothing more than essentially a fancy looking RSS reader and can be removed from the home screen? If so you really must try harder when trolling.

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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

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Re: Plods really are dumb

So there is no such thing as free WiFi in coffee shops, bars, fast food outlets and a myriad of other places, many of which can be used from outside the premises, where one can anonymously use the internet?

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

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As much as I hate to admit it...

...that was my first thought too.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Meters

From the article:

"The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association argues that the mobile app is basically just a form of taxi meter, which private cars and minicabs aren’t legally allowed to have."
Is this just a London thing? All the private hire firms where I live (Staffordshire) have integrated meters in the little GPS enabled devices that the drivers can accept jobs and recieve short messages (amongst other things) through. The same firms now use automated telephone lines (which remembers the last few pickup points if you've used them before) or Apps with which you can book a taxi, then see where it is, and it tells you what the car is, its reg and the drivers name (or the same info is sent to your mobile as an SMS if you booked via a call).

Perhaps London cabbies should try moving with the times instead of bringing things to a standstill?

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Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

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Next time...

...the plumber is around your house can you send him round mine? I'm sure you won't mind picking up the bill too would you?

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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I like Elon.

He's got brains, big ideas and balls. He actually seems to want to improve our lot and is prepared to put his money and his name on the line in the pursuit of doing just that (and make a few quid for himself along the way of course).

I just hope to $deity that he doesn't decide that being an evil genius would be much more fun else I reckon we're all screwed!

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

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Call me cynical...

...but I suspect that DNT is too successful, with more people opting in than expected, and, with Yahoo! not being what it once was, its buggering up their ability to maximise advertising revenue exactly when they need it. I'm guessing - not being in the advertising industry - that advertisers, in these cost concious times, want to know exactly where their money is going and its being spent hitting the correct eyeballs rather than just being splurted out willy-nilly. By choosing to obey a users wish to not be tracked Yahoo! are probably losing out compared to those services that couldn't care less about DNT and can offer more attractive and effective targetted advertising packages than the Purple Palace can. Its not like Yahoo! can afford let this happen, hence DNT - surprise, surprise - "does not work".

Of course, this is all conjecture and I may be way off base, but I can't see any other reason for Yahoo! to ditch DNT and resume following people around the interwebs in a dirty brown mac, notepad in hand, jotting down everywhere you go and everything you look at.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: I think I'll dust them off just for kicks

You still have a PPC A4000T and a Video Toaster? I officially hate you! ;)

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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Re: So What.

"My ps3 never updates, I pay for ps+ and it does it at 3am each morning automatically..."
Never? What does your PS3 automatically do at 3am?

Some people.....

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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

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"Don't you need a google account to use the play store?"
Do you need to use the Play store?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Prior Art

The problem with that app is Apple have an army of weasels that would argue that black is white, up is down and that particular app is/was for email and not SMS; Email 'n Walk

The Android app meanwhile works with everything, including SMS apps, so is probably a better bet to claim prior art with.

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Prior Art

There's already an app for Android, called Transparent Screen, that does this by taking the entire phones screen - no matter what the app, so SMS apps are included - reduces its alpha by a user specified amount and composites it over the camera feed. And its been available since before 2012, when Apple submitted the patent.

I just may go and make a prior art claim with the USPTOs online service! *runs and hides from the incoming shit storm from Apple fanbois!* :D

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Re: NFG

Having never heard of "No Factory Guarantee" my first thought as to what NFG stood for was actually "No F*cking Good". Perhaps its just the way some people are wired? :)

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Speaks Volumes

"This was a hack," Assistant US Attorney Glenn Moramarco (inarticulately) argued. "He had to decrypt and decode, and do all of these things I don't even understand."
Words fail me!

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: Bet it's Belgium

I realise you're only joking but Stella in the UK is actually produced in the UK and tastes like piss compared to the stuff that is brewed in Leuven, Belgium. I used to have my French ex bring me back some of the real deal, amongst other weird and wonderful brews, every time she went home to visit her parents.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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How long does it take to draw graphics that aren't going to prompt a "friendly" letter from Nintendo?

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

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Re: Oh no, not again...

Without looking I'm going to guess that XKCD is the "Now theres 15 competing standards" one?

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Re: It was a swarm of them

Yep, first thing I thought too.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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On the upside...

... there is a politician that gets "it". On the downside the Japanese have a proverb about a "nail that sticks out..."

Still, at least it proves that there are some politicos that aren't afraid to speak out in the face of absurdity. Shame there isn't more.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: @David W

"Sadly he tends to be more successful at dragging me down a level than I am at getting him to improve his game."
As the saying goes: "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Coffee/keyboard

It wasnt on earlier...

... or so I was told. Honest!

// Lets just say that's coffee! ;)

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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I've never heard of that before, sounds interesting. Care to elaborate, or at least point in the right direction?

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Hang on a minute...

Apple have managed to get a patent granted for predictive text? What the f*ck are the USPTO playing at?

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Wow...

...I've never seen such consensus in the El Reg comments. Not a single comment has been downvoted at the time of this post... Apart from the one that appeared after I read the final comment! lol

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

@Newt_Othis: Actually, I must confess, I did think to myself, while I was typing it, that a hinged keyboard with a CD/DVD drive hidden underneath would be pretty cool.

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